Tishman Environment and Design Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with Online Events Focused on Climate Justice and Community Resiliency


New York, April 14, 2020 -- Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School is honoring the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day with a series of events focusing on environmental justice, the impacts of climate change and global pandemics, and building resiliency. This year, Tishman Center pivoted to hosting virtual events, due to the necessity for social distancing caused by the coronavirus global pandemic. Events will include discussions of the connection between climate change and communicable diseases like  COVID-19, that necessitate a change in the systemic response to these crises.

Events are free and open to the public. Registration is required through the links below.


Building Climate Resilience in Communities; Thinking Globally, Assessing Regionally & Acting Locally

Monday, April 20, 2020, 9:00 - 11:00 am

Thinking local to global perspectives, guest speakers from WEACT, AmeriCorps and Peace Corps, will share and discuss their experiences in building climate resilience in their communities. Participants will assess our current university community, and make recommendations on how The New School should prepare for the climate crisis. The zoom link will be sent out closer to the date of the event.

Register: https://event.newschool.edu/buildingclimateresilienceincom


Reclaiming Indigenous Paths to Health in Times of Planetary Crises: From Colonialism to Climate Injustice and COVID-19

Monday, April 20, 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

From climate change and mass species extinction to the spread of both chronic and communicable diseases—now including COVID-19—the world is facing catastrophes that are compelling us to rethink life and health as a whole. As ‘modern’ societies grapple with a seemingly ‘unprecedented’ planetary chaos, Indigenous Peoples view these crises as part of a long sequence of devastating environmental disruptions and pandemics -- from the onset of violent conquest to the climate and health injustices of globalization’s present. As the world moves forward, how do we reclaim other visions and knowledge that can guide us to healthier, more just and sustainable futures?

Join us for this webinar as Indigenous knowledge-bearers, Martha Many Grey Horses and Marcelo Eduardo Zaiduni Salazar join moderators Mindahi Bastida and Leonardo Figueroa to discuss the challenges to Indigenous health from past to present crises, as well as alternatives based on Indigenous whole health approaches.

Livestream: https://centerforearthethics.org/event/reclaiming-indigenous-paths-to-health-in-times-of-planetary-crises-from-colonialism-to-climate-injustice-and-covid-19/

Climate Justice and Pandemics: A Roundtable on Reflections, Personal Experiences and What we do Going Forward

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 1:45 - 3:00 pm

Join us for a discussion with our faculty, students and staff to share their experiences with the global pandemic, their thoughts about the interactions of climate change and social justice. This roundtable will be an opportunity to hear and share what we as a community are feeling during these turbulent times. The event will be hosted on Zoom and will feature panelists from all three groups and a Q&A.

Register: https://event.newschool.edu/climatejusticeandpandemic

The Tishman Environment and Design Center, as part of The New School, is a university-wide center committed to fostering the integration of bold design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues to advance just and sustainable outcomes in collaboration with communities. The Tishman Center offers technical support to community-based organizations, advocates, and policymakers on the frontlines with an emphasis on supporting the co-production of inclusive, bottom-up approaches that amplify the knowledge and expertise of communities. Visit us as www.tishmancenter.org and follow us on Twitter @NewschoolTEDC.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.



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